Kanopy Dance Company presents Emergence: Gaia Rising.

April 17-19, 2015
Overture Center for the Arts, Madison, WI

Presented by Earthling Interactive

Seeds sleep the winter chill away, and in respect for the warming sun, the spring rains and receptive earth, a new beginning emerges, as does new and original dance…

A piquant potpourri of new dances presented by local, national, and international choreographers. Maureen Janson, director of Smartdance presents a postmodernist work. Audience-favorite Kiro Kopulos, unveils a work informed by Japanese Butoh. Robert E Cleary re-invents his ‘Primavera Portena.’ Tiana Ching Maslanka, premieres a dance based on Scottish folklore. Brienna Tipler, a work inspired by Monet masterpieces. Carlos Ramirez, director of Danztrad, blends Mexican folkloric and modern dance. Juan Carlos Díaz Vélez, presents a fusion of Flamenco with contemporary ballet.

Pre-Show Talk Opening Night
Friday April 17, 7:00-7:30pm, Promenade Hall
Show ticket or ticket stub to Emergence: Gaia Rising for admittance. Choreographers will talk about their process of creating dance.

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Hawaiian Hula Dance Master Class with Tiana Ching-Maslanka

Saturday April 18th, 11:00am-12:00pm
Kanopy Dance Studio
341 State Street

Space is Limited, payment and registration must be received to insure space in class. Everyone must register online. Payment may be paypal or check mailed to Kanopy Dance 341 State St Madison, WI 53703. Fee: $25.

According to legend, the first Hula occurred when the Goddess Pele demanded to be entertained by her sisters. Her favorite sister, Hi`iaka was the only one to comply, and did so to the amazement of all.

There are two prominent types of Hula that are taught in Halaus; Hula Kahiko and Hula `Auana. Kahiko is the ancient style of dance that is closely related to hawaiian oil or chants. With the introduction of stringed instruments to the Hawaiian islands, came a change in the dance styles as well. The sounds of a slack key guitar, or an ukulele are more commonly heard accompanying hula `Auana. In this master class Tiana will be going over the basic footwork of Hula. Attendees will learn many of the steps commonly used in Hula `Auana -- the modern form of Hula. Toward the end of the lesson Tiana will teach a Hula `Auana phrase to a contemporary Hawaiian song.

Tiana Ching Maslanka, born in Honolulu, Hawai`i, began performing at the age of four. She began studying Hula at the age of 8 with Hula Halau O Leiolani, under Kumu Hula Leiolani Pratt. At Mid-Pacific Institute, she took hula classes with Michael Lanakila Casupang, while earning her certification in the Mid-Pacific School of the Arts Theatre program, and the International Baccalaureate Diploma program. She contributed to and danced in the annual luaus of the Hui O Hawaii club at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. While earning her MFA in Dance at the Univeristy of Hawaii she also studied Hula under Kumu Hula Victoria Holt Takamine. She has performed and taught Hula for parties and entertainment in the New Jersey/New York area with Aardvark Entertainment, Elephant Studios, and Horizon Entertainment, as well as locally for family fun nights and Vacation Bible Schools in the Middleton area. Tiana is certified as an Associate Instructor of Stage Combat through Dueling Arts International. In 2003, Tiana placed in the Pacific Northwest Lindy Hop Championships, in Seattle, WA. Tiana received her B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Puget Sound, and her MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she studied modern dance under Gregg Lizenbery, Peggy Gaither-Adams, and Betsy Fischer. She is certified in Elementary Labanotation, a writing system for dance, and has taught classes and choreographed for theatrical shows and dance concerts in communities throughout the country and is currently on faculty at Kanopy. Tiana debuted with Kanopy in the 2008-2009 season and rejoined Kanopy in 2011.


Tuition: Master class with Tiana Ching-Maslanka

Meditation & Yoga Master class with Kiro Kopulos, B.S., C.C.H.

Thursday April 16th, 5:00pm-6:00pm
Kanopy Dance Studio
341 State Street

Space is Limited, payment and registration must be received to insure space in class. Everyone must register online. Payment may be paypal or check mailed to Kanopy Dance 341 State St Madison, WI 53703. Fee: $25.

InfiniteFlow Yin Vinyasa Hatha Yoga with Kiro Kopulos B.S.,C.C.H.

Trained in Iyengar and Sivananda styles of hatha yoga, Tai Chi Chuan, mindfulness meditation and hypnosis. Kiro creates a unique blend of guided movement meditation, yoga asanas and guided imagery to enhance your ability to feel focused and centered with improved concentration and poise.

Kiro Kopulos, Performance artist/choreographer, yoga instructor has been teaching and performing for 35 years. 1983-90 Kiro co-directed Intersect Theatre Dance Company in Ann Arbor and 1984-86 performed with Nonce Dance Ensemble in Detroit. 1989-90 performed with Frank’s Absurd Repertory Theatre and was featured in Samuel Beckett’s “Act Without Words”. For the past 22 years Kiro has been a frequent guest artist with Kanopy Dance Company and has worked as a freelance choreographer and teacher locally and internationally, presenting his work at the Edmonton, San Francisco and Minnesota Fringe Festivals. Most recently, Kiro performed as the tree of life in Yggdrasil and as King Creon in Antigone for Kanopy’s 2012/13 season. Kiro has created his own style of physical theatre and vinyasa flow yoga, which has emerged through his studies of Modern Dance, Tai Chi, Mime Theatre, and Hatha Yoga. He offers classes at his east side studio InfniteFlow Yoga as well as Satya Yoga & Madison Christian Community on the west side.


Tuition: Master class with Kiro Kopulos

Summer Programs ...If dance is your heart's calling...

June 15-August 1, 2015
Kanopy Dance Studio
341 State Street

Dance Intensive, Dance Camp I, Dance Camp II, Weekly Sessions, and Guest Artist Workshops

Offerings for all ages and levels. Register Now for Summer Programs Questions? info@kanopydance.org or call 608.255.2211

With your desire and dedication, our talented dance instructors guide you to the farthest horizons of which you are capable. Our teachers know what it takes to perform on stages nation-wide and if you’re willing, they’ll lead you! Creativity and technical excellence infuse our modern dance techniques (Graham, Hawkins, Limon and Horton-based). We teach ballet, pointe, repertory, improvisation, physical theatre, choreography, world dance (Flamenco, African, and more), jazz, tap, and hip hop.

Student-created choreography and creative problem solving in our curriculum yields life-long dance training benefits. Our respected faculty possess extensive professional experience and dedication to teaching this art form. Students’ natural abilities in organizing and expressing their creative ideas are highlighted in our curriculum. Kanopy students gain a sense of self-worth and achievement and share in the sheer pleasure and physicality of dance.


Guest Artist Workshop: American Masters Doris Humphrey/Charles Weidman Technique & Repertory

August 3-8, 2015
Kanopy Dance Studio
341 State Street

For Intermediate/Advanced dancers, ages 12-adult. Learn from Master Teacher and former Principal Dancer of Charles Weidman Dance Company, Deborah Carr. Repertory from Weidman’s American Masterwork ‘Lynchtown’ will be learned. There will be an informal showing at the end of the week with Ms Carr, Kanopy Dance Company and workshop students.

Summer Registration (Registration open now)

To register and for more information info@kanopydance.org or call 608.255.2211

Charles Weidman and Doris Humphrey are considered giants of American modern dance and pioneers in the development of the art form. Both became dancers at the young ages of 18 and 19 in the Denishawn Company dancing along side Martha Graham, Ted Shawn, Ruth St. Denis and others. They performed with the company in vaudeville throughout the United States and in concerts in England and Asia. In 1927, Weidman and Humphrey left Denishawn and together they established a company and a school devoted to exploring a new aesthetic. It was the work of this company and that of their contemporaries, Martha Graham and Hanya Holm, that has come to be known as modern dance. Humphrey and Weidman established new principles of technique involving gravity, fall and recovery, sustained, suspended, and vibratory movement. Incorporating these innovative techniques, the two pioneers choreographed many works together. The Humphrey-Weidman Company gave regular performances in New York and toured the country extensively for many years. In 1946 Doris retired from performing and became artistic director of the José Limón Dance Company until her death in 1958. Weidman continued to create dances, perform, and teach. He established a school and company of his own – The Charles Weidman School of Modern Dance and the Charles Weidman Theatre Dance Company. In 1960, he created and established the Expression of Two Arts Theatre in New York City where he presented regular weekly performances until his death. Weidman and Humphrey influenced a great many dancers. Among the best-known artists and directors who studied with them are: Jose Limon, Jack Cole, Gene Kelly, Sybil Shearer, Eleanor King, Bob Fosse, and Alvin Ailey.


Guest Artist Workshop: Corporeal Mime Physical Theatre

For Intermediate/Advanced dancers, ages 12-adult. Technique, process, and creation with informal Showing at end of Workshop. Corporeal Mime (physical theatre) taught by Steve Wasson and Corinne Soum, Artistic Directors of Theatre L’Ange Fou, London, UK and White Church Theatre Project, Spring Green, WI. This workshop is geared for dancers and movement artists who desire exploration of the movement arts.

Summer Registration (Registration open now)

Waiting for Ulysses

THE THEATRE DE L'ANGE FOU and the International School of Corporeal Mime (formerly known as the Ecole de Mime Corporel Dramatique) were created in Paris in 1984 by Steven Wasson and Corinne Soum, the last assistants of "the father of Modern Mime" Etienne Decroux, and relocated to London in 1995. The International School of Corporeal Mime is devoted to the development of the technique, growing Repertoire and dramaturgy of Corporeal Mime, and offers a full range of professional training programmes. The company, the Theatre de l'Ange Fou, has toured throughout Europe, Russia, the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico and the Middle East. The Theatre de l'Ange Fou has created over 20 original plays, devised pieces, as well as adaptations, ranging from duets to large ensemble works: The Little Dictator - parts I & II, Beyond the Garden, Crusade, Entangled Lives, The Government Inspector, The Orpheus Complex, Across the Seven Seas, and their latest, A Promethean Dream, Etienne Decroux - The Father of Modern Mime, Waiting for Ulysses ... revealing different aspects of the spiritual and human quest, portraying the fraility and complexity of relationships between individuals longing for love. Alongside this personal artistic development, Steven Wasson and Corinne Soum, in 1992, took up the challenge of re-introducing to the public the Repertoire of Etienne Decroux with their reconstruction, and performances by the Theatre de l'Ange Fou, of most of his major pieces (including La Meditation, Les Arbres, L'Usine...) in The Man Who Preferred to Stand, and more recently, Passage of Man on Earth, Resonance, A Promethean Dream, Etienne Decroux - The Father of Modern Mime. This was the beginning of the transmission process that is today the base of the teaching in the International School of Corporeal Mime. Theatre De L’Ange Fou resides at the White Church Theatre Project, Spring Green, Wisconsin.


Kanopy Academy 2014-2015 Academic Year Registration

Academic Year Registration

If dance is your heart's calling...
With your desire and dedication, our experienced instructors guide you to the farthest horizons of which you are capable. We teach Graham, Hawkins and Horton-based modern dance techniques as well as ballet, pointe, repertory, improvisation, physical theatre methods, choreography, world dance forms, jazz and hip hop. Our respected faculty posses extensive professional experience and dedication to teaching students of all ages.

Academic Year September 2, 2014 - May 17, 2015


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